Life Style & Travel

Thorny Vegetation Is Naturally Repellent

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UNITED STATES—Roses might be more fun to grow and prune without their thorns. Blackberries are easier to pick from thornless canes. Thorny vegetation is simply unpleasant to work with. Some very desirable plants, such as roses and most blackberries, are innately thorny. The only alternative to contending with their thorny condition is to grow something totally different. Thorns and similar...

Mary Reno (7)

UNITED STATES—Mary Reno awoke with a violent start. Fears swooped down and crowded in like crows. Her fears were flakes of pepper that could never totally obliterate the snowbank brightness of the moment. Her thoughts and hopes we're tangled as the dry leaves that clotted the gutters. She gasped. It started her swollen feet moving again. One swollen foot trudged...

Snacking When Not Hungry

UNITED STATES—We are all guilty of this America, snacking when we are not hungry, but it does raise a big question: how do we curb that snacking when we are not hungry? We’re told to eat healthy things, but let’s be honest, how many of us actually choose that option? Are you grabbing a piece of fruit? Are you...

NES Chronicles “Excitebike”

UNITED STATES—I was never a fan of racing video games as a child. Why? I just happened to be very bad at them. I could never be victorious for one reason or another. However, I do remember one racing game on the NES gaming system called “Excitebike.” Yeah, the name alone is quirky, but it is not about cars...

Produce Fresh From The Garden

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UNITED STATES—Plants notice it before people do. They respond accordingly. Vegetative growth slows or stops completely. Most remaining bloom does likewise. Fruit and seed finish developing. Less fresh produce is available from the garden. Boston ivy and Japanese maples might already be changing color. They all know that the days are shorter and nights are cooler. Warm season produce gets...

Mary Reno (6)

UNITED STATES—The fingers of the bearded guy in the driver's seat fondled the gold chain. Mary Reno's heart clenched. She stood, knees trembling in the gutter. Mary blurted out, "The chain means a lot to me. My dog found that." The guy's nervous hands and eyes kept probing the gold chain. He let out a sigh. "And I lost my dog,"...

NES Chronicles ‘Super Mario Bros.’

UNITED STATES—America it was the video game that changed the world of video games as we know it. It was released in 1985, it was the game that came with the Nintendo gaming system. It is the classic and fan favorite till this day, “Super Mario Bros.” Now, I know what some of you might be thinking, why would...

Late Summer Bloom Until Frost

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UNITED STATES—Seasonal changes keep gardening interesting. Like colors of a rainbow, seasons are not as distinct as their dates on a calendar imply. Each evolves into the next. Spring evolves into summer. Late summer is presently evolving into autumn. It happens like red evolves into orange on a rainbow. It is amazing that plants can monitor the changes so...

Exercise Regimen Requires Discipline

UNITED STATES—If there is one thing I have learned about exercising is that it requires discipline and a plan. For those out there who work full-time jobs, or more than one part-time job, getting that exercise in on a daily basis can indeed be a chore. How so? There are days where you are just mentally and physically exhausted....

Closet Clutter Clarity

UNITED STATES—I did something this week that made me so proud of myself: I organized my closet fully. I mean I took everything that was on hangers, stacked, in boxes, and so much more that I had been ignoring for months. You know sometimes you open that closet, you see all the chaos and the notion of even tackling...
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